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    Unknown Artist *Triunfo de la Inmaculada* [*Triumph of the Immaculate Conception*] Probably Bolivia, mid-17th century Oil on canvas Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma In this painting, the Immaculate Conception is depicted in blue mantle and white tunic on a massive cart. Sitting next to her figure, appear the theologians that supported the doctrine that speak of Mary as a woman free of original sin. Crushed by the chariot’s wheels are those who challenged such notion, which only became an official dogma of the Catholic Church in 1854. This painting was believed to be a representation of the triumph of the Faith, presented in the painting as a blindfolded figure attired in a white tunic. Similar chariots were featured in public festivals that celebrated different religious beliefs in the urban space, unifying all social sectors. Large images like this one, however, were most likely aimed for the adornment of the sacristy, a room attached to the main altar in larger churches, where vestments and other sacred furnishings were kept. Click here for a transcript of the audio stop: https://bit.ly/BlantonSpanishAmericas360-Intro